Nursing home nightmare for neighbours

Farmoor residential care home in Orrell
Farmoor residential care home in Orrell

RESIDENTS are demanding urgent action to sweep away one of the borough’s biggest blots on the landscape.

They are furious that despite many pledges and promises, the crumbling and partially burned-out remains of a large former nursing home continue to dominate the vista in their village.

Now former Mayor of Wigan Michael Winstanley has made a plea to Wigan Council’s chief executive Donna Hall on behalf of the community to personally step in and end the site-clearance log jam at Farmoor in Church Street.

Last year, approval was given for land to become a new site for Orrell’s long-awaited community clinic.

Conservative Federation chairman Mr Winstanley is being lobbied by neighbours desperate to see the remnants of the old buildings removed.

The nursing home closed after hitting operational difficulties eight years ago.

Now he hopes his personal plea to Ms Hall, in which he points out that the site is on the main road through Orrell and “drags down” community pride in the village by despoiling the environment, will end the impasse.

He says the site is also attracting “undesirable elements” using the area to congregate and is becoming an increasing magnate for those causing anti social behaviour.

And he is demanding urgent act from the council’s enforcement and legal teams.

Mr Winstanley said: “This eyesore needs to be removed as quickly as possible. It is a blight in the local community and the council needs to get involved. The former Farmoor over the years has become more and decayed and dilapidated.

“Once the nursing home business had moved the site was sold and planning permission had been granted to build flats and some houses, following lobbying from myself and the local community, plans were submitted to build the much needed Orrell Clinic.

“But while these discussions were taking place the site has grown more and more unkempt and is a complete eyesore.

Chief executive of the council Donna Hall said: “Unfortunately, the economic climate put an abrupt halt on the developer’s plans for the former nursing home in Orrell. We will be visiting the site this week to check that it is secure and will also be contacting the owner to find out what their plans are for the site.

“Our next steps will depend upon the outcome.”